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Nick Cordero’s widow Amanda Kloots talks about Thanksgiving without him

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Thanksgiving is sure to be difficult for anyone who has lost someone to Covid-19, and Amanda Kloots understands that well.

Her husband, Broadway actor Nick Cordero, died in July after losing his monthslong battle against the coronavirus. He was 41.
Kloots chronicled his illness on social media, where thousands rallied behind him, her and their toddler son, Elvis.
She recently posted a photo of Elvis on her verified Instagram account, writing, “I read a passage today that said to find the little things everyday that God gives you.”
“Collect them, one by one, and by the end of the day you’ll see you have a beautiful bouquet!” she wrote. “It would be very easy to go into this Thanksgiving week counting my losses but I’m choosing to count my blessings. This guy is at the top of my list.”
Kloots also posted a photo of her and Cordero from their early dating days and wrote she plans to soon go live with a fellow widow “to talk about the ‘firsts’ in efforts to help others that are missing someone this year from their table.”

Megan Fox files for divorce from Brian Austin Green: report


Megan Fox has officially filed for divorce from husband Brian Austin Green, according to a new report.

Per TMZ, citing court docs, the 34-year-old actress made the move on Wednesday. Earlier this year, Green confirmed the pair had split after nearly 10 years of marriage.

The former couple shares three children together, sons Noah, 8, Bodhi, 6, and Journey, 4.

Fox is seeking joint legal and physical custody, TMZ reports. She’s also reportedly requesting that neither she nor Green receives spousal support.

Green, 47, has already issued his response and is in agreement with nearly all matters, per TMZ. However, as for spousal support, the “Beverly Hills, 90210” alum is reportedly asking it still be left open for discussion. Neither party has noted anything in regards to child support, according to the outlet.

In addition, TMZ reports that Green and Fox’s separation date differ. Fox states it’s November 2019, while Green has March 2020.

Reps for Green and Fox did not immeidately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

In May, Green offered “context,” recounting what led to his and Fox’s split. He said that last year “around Halloween, Thanksgiving time” Fox was gone for several weeks out of the country to film a movie and while she was gone, he dreamt that there was a distance between them that actualized when she arrived home. According to Green, Fox was gone for about five and a half weeks, which is the “longest that she’s been gone” for work.

“I gave her a couple weeks, I figured she’s been out of the country, she’s jet-lagged, she’s been shooting nights, I have to give her some time to recoup a little bit and get back into life, and so I did,” he said on his podcast, “…with Brian Austin Green.”

After two weeks, nothing had changed between the pair, and Fox revealed to her husband that she’d enjoyed her time alone and even liked herself “better during that experience.”

Green said he was “shocked” and “upset about it,” but “wasn’t upset at her.” “It wasn’t a choice she made,” he said. “That’s the way she honestly felt.”

The pair then decided to “separate a little bit and give ourselves some time and take some space, and meditate, and do whatever, and see what it is we find, and so we did,” Green said.

He went on to explain that from there “things just didn’t really change” and “the reality started sinking in” of “maybe this is what it is.”

“Neither one of us did anything to each other. She’s always been honest with me. I’ve always been honest with her,” Green said. “We’ve had an amazing relationship, and I will always love her. And I know she will always love me and I know as far as a family what we’ve built is really cool and really special.”

Fox is currently dating Machine Gun Kelly. They recently made their red carpet debut as a couple at the American Music Awards.


Chris Pratt raises awareness for food insecurity


Chris Pratt is bringing an important issue — food insecurity — to the forefront as well as sharing his own personal experience.

The 41-year-old star recently did an Instagram Live with Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, the CEO of Feeding America, a non-profit that is home to a network of 200 food banks and thousands of food pantries as well as meal programs.

During the conversation, Pratt touched on the coronavirus pandemic and the issue of food instability that many people are facing.

“With a combination of this pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn, we’re looking at food instability for families, the likes of which we haven’t seen in a very long time in this country,” Pratt explained.

Massive lines have cropped up at food banks throughout the nation ahead of the 2020 holiday season. Reports from California, Wisconsin, New York, Texas, South Carolina and other states indicate many of the people waiting for assistance never needed help before this year when the coronavirus pandemic shut down swaths of businesses and sent unemployment surging.

In addition, a survey in June suggested that a quarter of Americans are facing food insecurity amid the pandemic.

On Tuesday, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor went on to say that it’s important that people in-need to ask for help, emphasizing that it’s okay.

“I think often times when you’re illuminating this message and shining a light on this need, we’re saying, ‘How can we get people to help?’ but it’s important to de-stigmatize the idea that if you need help it’s okay to accept it. It is,” he said.

For his part, Pratt reflected on how growing up, his family “had some economic hard times.”

“I grew up in a small town, we had 7,000 people in my town, and we had some economic hard times, and we had a food bank nearby and I’m not ashamed to say that there were moments where my family would need to eat from a food bank,” he said.

He repeated that there’s no shame in asking for help, “especially right now with what we are going through.

“There is help out there, and you can find that help and you can get that help, and there’s nothing wrong with needing that help,” Pratt said.

And speaking to those who don’t need assistance right now, Pratt said: “There’s a great feeling in service of helping someone else. It’s a great thing to do this holiday season.”


How Brie and Nikki Bella “Let Loose” While Celebrating Their Birthdays


The Bella Twins’ latest birthday celebration was one for the books!

Nikki Bella and Brie Bella turned 37 on Saturday, Nov. 21, and as the former WWE stars revealed on the newest episode of The Bellas Podcast, they used their first birthdays as new moms—Brie welcomed her second child on Aug. 1, and Nikki, her first on July 31—to finally “let loose.”

“I haven’t had that much to drink in…a year and a half? I don’t know, a long, long time,” Nikki, engaged to Artem Chigvintsev, recalled. “Brie set up such a fun birthday celebration. It was with some super dear close friends and family members and we did a private tasting on this gorgeous mountain. I mean, you could literally see San Francisco from afar. It was amazing.”

Total Bellas fans may recall that the twin sisters recently moved to Napa Valley, so it only makes sense it was there that they “drank every flavor of the wine rainbow” as Nikki put it. “We did champagne, rosé, chardonnay zinfandel, cabernet, pinot noir, malbec, sauvignon blanc…I mean we did it all.”

In a way, according to Brie, the sisters were celebrating more than just their birthdays. “It’s weird because obviously Nicole and I were pregnant forever and during the pandemic, like, everyone was drinking but we weren’t because we were pregnant,” she began. “And then, even when you have newborns, you still don’t go out, you don’t do anything. And it’s not like there’s been anywhere to go out.”

Added the mom to 3-year-old Birdie and nearly 4-month-old Buddy, “So it was kind of our first time to just celebrate, let loose and almost give yourself permission to, like, get smashed.”

The combination of their moms’ day out and having breakfast with their kids made for a “beautiful” birthday, Nikki said. Unfortunately, both Brie’s husband Daniel Bryan (born Bryan Danielson) and Artem were out of town for work, but that didn’t stop them from making the Bellas feel special on their birthdays.

“Bryan hid my gift so I wouldn’t see it before the 21st,” Brie shared. “He wrote me this beautiful card—which, I have to tell you guys, Bryan has always been just amazing at writing really sentimental cards—so he goes, ‘I just really miss you’ and just mushy stuff in the beginning.”

Then, according to Brie, Bryan recommended that she start her morning by enjoying a nice cup of coffee with one of her gifts, a special mug (which she collects!). She continued recounting Bryan’s detailed gift, “Then, two, to write down your dreams and always remember them and go for them. And he had this really cute journal. And then three, something to remind you how special you are. And then he got me this gorgeous necklace.”

As she raved, “He nailed it.”

As for Nikki, she revealed on the podcast that she was a little jealous of Brie that day. “I’ll admit, like, at first—not that I was bummed—but Brie had all this stuff in the morning from Bryan,” she said. “And I was like, ‘Oh, Artem forgot. That’s okay,’ because I had a really cute text from Artem and he sang to me, which was really sweet.”

She continued, “And then we wine tasted all day and then when we got back at like 6:30 p.m., I came in and the flowers are there.”

And not just any flowers, but “the biggest basket of roses,” Nikki said.

Added Brie, “37, I have to say, this year’s started off right.”

Throughout the podcast, the twins continued to recap their birthday, in addition to interviewing their sister-in-law Lauren Garcia. Yes, the same Lauren who Nikki, on the latest episode of Total Bellas, said she “couldn’t even look at.”

At the time, Nikki was reflecting on a fight she had with her brother JJ Garcia over politics. However, she made it clear on the podcast that she didn’t mean to involve Lauren. “I didn’t mean to say it but this is what happens in reality TV,” Nikki explained. “I was like, ‘I’m just so disgusted with JJ and Lauren,’ but I really meant my brother…I don’t know how it came out both. Like, I really don’t, to tell you the truth.”

Nikki and Lauren briefly discussed the matter, but because Lauren’s “personal preference” is to not “talk politics,” they quickly moved on. Plus, as Nikki revealed, “My brother and I have made up. At times I still think he’s a little punk and I always will.”


Real Housewives of New York City’s Luann de Lesseps Reveals Her New Boyfriend


Ladies and gentlemen, it’s not about Tom!

Luann de Lesseps appears to be off the market after confirming a new romance on the Nov. 18 episode of the Ex Appeal podcast. During her latest interview, the Real Housewives of New York City star confirmed she is dating Hamptons trainer Garth Wakeford.

“We actually met on the dating app,” Luann, 55, told hosts Jenn Lahmers and Julien Marlon. “He lives locally in the Hamptons…We took it very slow because it’s a pandemic but it’s been a nice thing to happen during a pandemic—to meet someone you like.”

When the “Money Can’t Buy You Class” singer first saw pictures of Garth on the dating app, she thought, “Oh, he is too good to be true.” But after meeting up, Luann said, “‘Oh, my God! He’s exactly what he looks like on the app.’ He’s tall, he’s handsome, he looks like a Viking.”

Photographers also spotted the pair leaving Tutto Il Giorno in Sag Harbor together earlier this month.

While pop culture fans know Luann from the Real Housewives of New York City, they may be curious to learn more about Garth. According to his Instagram, the 49-year-old is a personal trainer and wellness coach who created JULUKA fitness.

As for whether or not he will be featured on the Bravo series, you’ll just have to watch what happens. “Right now, I am single,” Luann clarified. “I’ve had a couple of dates here and there.”

During her time on the show, however, Luann has been open about her relationships and dating life including her public divorce from Tom D’Agostino in August 2017 after seven months of marriage.

One thing viewers can expect in the upcoming season is a new face to the group.

E! News previously confirmed that season 13 is currently being filmed and will feature Eboni K. Williams as a new Housewife. The attorney will make history by becoming the first Black Real Housewives of New York City cast member.

Viewers can catch up on old episodes of the Real Housewives of New York City on Peacock now.

(E!, Bravo and Peacock are part of the NBCUniversal family)





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Simply put, you haven’t completed your Dubai dining bucket list unless you’ve visited Indochine


You could be forgiven for thinking that the Dubai edition of Indochine might fall short of its infamous New York older sibling. You would, however, be entirely incorrect. Indochine Dubai, opened earlier this year, exudes an effortless cool often sought after by fledgling restaurants. It's not that they've got one thing right, it's that they've got everything right.

The Decor: The French-Vietnamese influences, prevalent in the cuisine, are also found far beyond. Adorned with semi-circular velvet banquettes and banana leaf motifs, the décor instantly transports you. Make sure to stop by the 'wall of fame' – an array of photographs from the infamous New York flagship – to catch some of the greatest names in fashion such as Linda Evangelista, Bella Hadid, and Kate Moss.

The Ambience: Unadulterated fun. There's a real party atmosphere to Indochine. Despite being sat at your own private table, the restaurant layout makes you feel as though you're part of something greater – a community atmosphere that you signed up for the second you walked through the illuminated doorway.

The Service: I'm putting it out there – the best service experience I've had in Dubai from the chicest array of characters. In what can be considered a somewhat bleak year, the staff at Indochine are determined to put a smile back on your face.

Standout Dishes: Absolute must-tries include the Crispy Egg Plant and Caramel Black Cod – the common theme being the exceptional use of caramel. The Wok Tossed Rice Noodles are an incredible surprise – put all preconceived notions of noodles to one side.


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Mary Berry and Dizzee Rascal on Queen’s Birthday Honours list


Celebrity cook Mary Berry and grime pioneer Dizzee Rascal have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Berry, who has earned the status of national treasure over a six-decade career, was “overwhelmed” at being made a dame for services to broadcasting, the culinary arts and charity.

It is “such a huge honour”, she said.

Dizzee Rascal, real name Dylan Kwabena Mills, has been made an MBE for services to music.

Reacting to the news, Dame Mary added: “When I was first told that I was going to be a dame you don’t really believe it. And then it’s so exciting, and you feel very proud.

“For most of my life I have been lucky enough to follow my passion to teach cookery through books and the media.

“To be a dame is really the icing on the cake.”

The former Great British Bake Off judge joked: “I just wish my parents and brothers were here to share my joy, as my only achievement at school was just one O-Level – in cookery of course.”

Dame Mary is no stranger to the Royal Family, having made meringue roulades with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last year, for her Berry Royal Christmas TV special.

The much-loved broadcaster, baker and food writer is also a patron of Child Bereavement UK, after having lost her son William aged 19 in a car crash in 1989.

In 2018, she told The Graham Norton Show she was once arrested at an airport after baking ingredients were mistaken for drugs.

Dizzee Rascal is considered to have been one of the founding fathers of grime – a UK-based electronic rap genre which grew out of the English capital at the start of the century.

In 2003, aged 19, the East London MC became the youngest artist to win the Mercury Prize, with his debut album Boy in da Corner.

The elder statesman of the British rap game, who drops his seventh album E3 AF at the end of October, told the BBC in 2017 that he deserved to be given top billing at Glastonbury Festival.

“I’ve toured this festival for years, never disappointed,” he said. “You can always count on me.”

“I’m basically at the stage where they need to make me headline this thing – because they ain’t had no British rappers headline this festival.”

His drive and success helped to pave the way for modern superstar Stormzy to eventually become the first black solo headliner in the history of the Worthy Farm event last year, bringing UK hip-hop and grime into the mainstream in the process.

Dame Mary is joined by veteran actress and Coronation Street star Maureen Lipman and The Woman in Black author Susan Hill, in being made a dame commander. The latter played the title character’s mother in Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning 2002 drama The Pianist.

There were knighthoods for one of the country’s first rock ‘n’ roll icons Tommy Steele, for services to entertainment and charity, along with Brookside, Grange Hill and Hollyoaks creator Professor Phil Redmond, for services to broadcasting and arts in the regions. Hercule Poirot actor David Suchet was also knighted for services to drama and charity.

Derrick Evans – more commonly known as Mr Motivator – has also been made an MBE after creating online home exercises during lockdown and hosting a week-long workout with Linda Lusardi to raise money for Age UK’s Emergency Coronavirus Appeal.

Another English music star, singer Mica Paris, was also made an MBE, as well as performer and vocal coach Carrie Grant.

Other entertainment honourees

Elsewhere, broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough added to his legacy by being made a GCMG – one the country’s highest honours.

Sir David, who has spoken to a big Glastonbury crowd himself in recent years, is considered to be an inspiration for people of all ages in the UK and beyond, for a lifetime spent warning world leaders of the need to protect the planet and of ongoing issues around climate change.

Sir Paul Smith, the chairman of the clothing label Paul Smith, was made a Companion of Honour, for services to fashion.

Longstanding daytime ITV presenter and journalist Lorraine Kelly was made a CBE alongside Judy Cramer, the woman behind the movie Mamma Mia! and singer-songwriter/campaigner Joan Armatrading – for services to music, charity and equal rights.

Professor Brian Cox, scientist and presenter of BBC shows including The Wonders of the Universe, was also made a CBE alongside actor Adrian Lester, who is currently starring in BBC drama series Life and appeared in the films Primary Colors and The Day After Tomorrow.

OBEs went to ELO singer and music producer Jeff Lynne; and Tony Hatch – the man who wrote the theme tunes for Neighbours, Crossroads, Emmerdale and Petula Clark’s Downtown; as well as Last Tango in Halifax screenwriter Sally Wainwright – for services to television.

Booker Prize-winning-author Bernardine Evaristo was also appointed at the same level.

The Girl, Woman, Other novelist became the first black woman to win the award, when she shared it with Margaret Atwood in 2019, after the judges broke their rules by declaring a tie.

Last but not least, How to Train Your Dragon writer Cressida Cowell was made an MBE for services to children’s literature, while ITV’s Dr Hilary Jones was made an MBE too, for services to broadcasting, public health information and charity.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list is usually revealed in June, but it was delayed this year by several months due to coronavirus.

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Mac Davis, country singer known for writing popular Elvis Presley hits, dead at 78


Country musician Mac Davis, known for writing enduring Elvis Presley hits like “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto” has died at age 78.

His longtime manager Jim Morey said in a statement on Facebook that Davis died on Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn., after heart surgery and was surrounded by family and friends.

Davis had a long and varied career in music for decades as a writer, singer, actor and TV host and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. In addition to penning Presley hits, he was responsible for his own track “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me.” He was named 1974s entertainer of the year by the Academy of Country Music and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“Thank you, dear Lord Jesus, for letting us know the man to whom you gave the most incredible talent,” said Reba McEntire in a statement. “He entertained and spread joy to so many people. What a wonderful legacy he left all of us with his music. Mac was one of a kind. Im so blessed to have been one of his many friends.”

Born in Lubbock, Texas, and raised in Georgia, Davis was inspired by fellow Lubbock native Buddy Holly, but it was Presley who gave him his first musical big break. Davis worked as a staff songwriter in Los Angeles for Nancy Sinatra’s publishing company when in 1968 Presley cut “A Little Less Conversation.”


FILE – Musician Mac Davis appears at the Texas Film Awards in Austin, Texas on March 6, 2014. Davis, a country star and Elvis songwriter, died on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 after heart surgery. He was 78. (Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)


Although it had a little success at the time, the song became a bigger hit after Presley’s death, being covered by more than 30 artists and became Davis’ most licensed TV soundtrack song. The song reached the top of the U.K. charts in 2002 after it was used in a Nike commercial and was featured in the hit movie “Ocean’s Eleven.”

Davis also helped craft the song “Memories” that was a cornerstone of Presleys big 1968 comeback TV special.

Davis got a recording deal of his own in 1970, recording “Hooked on Music,” “Its Hard to be Humble,” and “Texas in my Rearview Mirror,” and getting crossover success on pop charts. He had his own TV series, “The Mac Davis Show” on NBC, and also acted in TV and film, including alongside Nick Nolte in the football film “North Dallas Forty.” He even starred on Broadway, in “The Will Rogers Follies” and toured with the musical. The group Gallery had a hit on his song “I Believe in Music.”

He also wrote songs recorded by Kenny Rogers (“Somethings Burning”), Dolly Parton (“White Limozeen”) and Ray Price (“Lonesomest Lonesome”). He was still writing later in life, getting co-writing credits on songs by Avicii ( “Addicted to You”) and Bruno Mars (“Young Girls.”)

“He was the songwriter behind some of the most iconic and timeless songs that transcend genres and generations and was named a BMI Icon in 2015,” said BMI President and CEO Mike ONeil. “Beyond his extraordinary talent, Mac was a dedicated friend and advocate for songwriters everywhere.”

“A small town boy whod achieved the greatest kinds of fame, he remained a good guy, a family man,” said country star Kenny Chesney. “That was Mac: a giant heart, quick to laugh and a bigger creative spirit. I was blessed to have it shine on me. And Mac, who was joyous, funny and created a family around him, never stopped writing great songs, creating music and inspiring everyone around him.”

“Today our country community lost an amazing entertainer, songwriter and artist,” said Sarah Trahern, CEO of CMA. “I remember watching Macs TV show as a kid as well as his three years co-hosting the CMA Awards with Barbara Mandrell, which proved his command of the TV medium as well as the music.”


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The social in its name isnt just lip service, Social Company is the cool urban eatery youve been looking for


Start your weekend the right way – the social way – at Social Company with their Social Brunch. This relaxed eatery situated at Zabeel House by Jumeirah at The Greens serves as a much-desired, relaxed neighborhood hub. Their evening brunch offering consists of starter, main, and dessert sharing plates featuring the likes of mushroom risotto, Caesar salad, and salmon.

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Insider Tip: Bring your dog. There's no need to fret about abandoning your best friend for a Thursday night of indulgence as the 'social' in Social Company isn't just limited to humans.



The Meaning Of Mariah Carey: Six revelations from the singer’s memoir


Mariah Carey has scored countless number one records, a shelf full of Grammy Awards and been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

But she has always been guarded about her private life – until now.

In her new memoir, The Meaning Of Mariah Carey, the singer discusses growing up in poverty in a violent household, her experiences of racism, her music, her marriages and much more.

Co-written with Michaela Angela Davis, it pulls back the curtain on a compelling rags-to-riches story and deconstructs (well, mostly deconstructs) the star’s image as a self-deluded diva.

Here are six of the more revealing moments from the book.

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1) She experienced domestic violence at a young age

“By the time I was a toddler, I had developed the instincts to sense when violence was coming,” Carey writes.

She recalls numerous altercations between her father Alfred and brother Morgan, writing: “It was not uncommon for holes to be punched in walls or for other objects to go flying.”

Carey details an occasion when, at the age of six, she called a family friend for help after her mother was assaulted. When police arrived, one of the officers apparently said: “If this kid survives it will be a miracle.”

2) Racism was ‘like a first kiss in reverse’

With a black father and white mother, Carey says many of her friends didn’t realise she was biracial. She even recalls a teacher laughing and saying: “Oh, Mariah, you used the wrong crayon,” when, aged four, she drew her father with brown skin.

“A brew of self-consciousness and embarrassment boiled up from my feet to my face,” she writes.

She describes her first encounters with racism as “a first kiss in reverse”, explaining: “Each time, a piece of purity was ripped from my being.”

Later, she describes a traumatic sleepover when a group of girls locked her in a bedroom and repeatedly shout the n-word at her.

“The venom and hate with which these girls spewed this… chant was so strong, it quite literally lifted me out of my body,” says Carey. “I was disorientated and terrified and I thought that maybe, if I held on and just kept crying, surely a grown-up would come and stop the assault. But no-one came.”

Experiences like these later inspired the song Outside, where Carey sings: “Inherently, it’s just always been strange / Neither here nor there / Always somewhat out of place everywhere / Ambiguous – without a sense of belonging to touch.”

3) Carey accuses her sister of putting her at risk of being ‘pimped out’

Older sister Alison dropped in and out of Carey’s life, through teenage pregnancy, drug dependency and suicidal thoughts. Although they shared some tender moments, the singer depicts several occasions when she believes Alison puts her at risk.

One story involves her sister’s boyfriend, who – Carey says she later realised – was running a prostitution ring. Aged 12, she claims she was tricked into spending a night alone with him, ending up at a card game and a drive-in movie, where “almost immediately” he put his arm around her.

Immobilised and terrified by the “handgun resting against his thigh”, Carey says she only escaped after another car pulled up alongside them, prompting John to leave and drive home “in silence”.

The singer believes she was at risk of being pimped, reasoning: “Dysfunctional families are ideal prey for abusers, the exposed little ones vulnerable to being picked off.”

Speaking to The Sun, Alison denied the claims in the book and said she was shocked and appalled that Mariah would accuse her of pimping her out.

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4) The Beatles taught her a valuable lesson

Many artists look to the Beatles for musical inspiration – but not Mariah. She was more interested in their business affairs.

While still a teenager, the singer was offered $5,000 by a publishing company to put one of her songs, All In Your Mind, on the soundtrack to a movie.

“I refused,” says Carey. “Even though back then $5,000 seemed like a million (which was how much I got for my first real publishing administration deal).”

The reason for her refusal? “I remembered seeing a documentary on The Beatles when I was growing up and being shocked that they didn’t have complete ownership of the songs they’d written – the Beatles!” she writes. “So I knew not to give away all my publishing.”

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5) Her first husband was so controlling she couldn’t go to Burger King

Carey married Sony Music executive Tommy Mottola in June 1993 and acknowledges that she owes her success, in part, to him. Mottola gave her a record deal and even persuaded her to record a Christmas album – resulting in the multi-million selling All I Want For Christmas Is You.

But as a husband, he was controlling and jealous, she claims. The couple’s $32m home was “fully staffed with armed guards” and Carey refers to it as “Sing Sing” after the maximum security prison in New York.

Things came to a head in 1996 when Carey recorded a remix of Always Be My Baby with hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri and rapper Da Brat in the mansion’s private recording studio.

On a whim, she and Da Brat took a car and drove to Burger King. Mottola allegedly went “berserk”, calling out an armed search party.

As the musicians ate their take-away in the car, Da Brat suddenly got serious, telling Carey: “This ain’t right. You done sold millions of records, girl. You live in a damn palace. You have everything, but if you can’t be free to go to Burger King when you want, you ain’t got nothing. You need to get out of there.”

Carey and Mottola separated the following year. In his 2013 memoir, he admitted being “obsessive” but said she had given “harsh” and “untrue” descriptions of their relationship.

6) She recorded a secret grunge album

Carey is best known for sweeping ballads like Vision Of Love and girl-next-door pop candy like Fantasy and Dreamlover.

But in the middle of recording her fifth album Daydream in 1995, she cut a secret alt-rock record, channelling the “rage” and “anger” she felt as her marriage fell apart.

“I created an alter-ego artist and her Ziggy Stardust-like spoof band,” she explains. “My character was a dark-haired brooding Goth girl who wrote and sang ridiculous tortured songs.

“I was playing with the style of the breezy-grunge, punk-light white female singers who were popular at the time. They could be angry, angsty and messy, with old shoes, wrinkled slips and unruly eyebrows, while every move I made was so calculated and manicured. I wanted to break free, let loose and express my misery – but I also wanted to laugh.”

Of the writing process, she says: “At the end of each session [for Daydream] I would go off to a corner and, without over-thinking it, quickly scribble down some lyrics. In five minutes, I’d have a song.

“I’d bring my little alt-rock song to the band and hum a silly guitar riff. They would pick it up and we would record it immediately. It was irreverent, raw and urgent, and the band got into it. I actually started to love some of the songs.”

The album was released in 1995 under the pseudonym Chick. Song titles like Love Is A Scam and Demented give some none-too-subtle clues about Mariah’s state of mind at the time.

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